Protect your pets from heartworms. It's so easy to prevent and so horrible to have or try to cure!
This sweet guy is Baloo - he's got a bad case of heartworms and the attempt to cure him might actually kill him. It has been painful, exhausting and debilitating for him (not to mention emotionally painful and exhausting for me). He's on week two of eight starting today and I thought I might lose him again this morning when he was coughing, gagging and having spasms. He's well worth fighting for (and he is fighting for his life with every breath), but it's hard to see so much suffering that could quite easily have been prevented by giving him a single, tasty treat of a pill every month (liver flavor, I think!). So, please protect your animals from this deadly disease. If you harbor any doubt about the horror, look it up and read about it - it's seriously ugly.
Speaking of animals that have been fighting for their lives - the chicken made it through her dog attack and is growing new feathers on her back. Go, Lucky Chicken!! Er.... Rooken... Chooster? Long may she crow! :)